6 Beautifully Quirky Second-Act Spaces That Can Be Your Next Home

These renovated spaces have unbelievable transformations–and they're all for sale.

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Susan Skaudis

These creatively converted homes—from an awe-inspiring chapel to a smartly outfitted schoolhouse—offer major restoration inspiration.

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1 Wesley, AR
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The former Drake Town Hotel is now a five-bedroom, two-bath antiques-filled residence situated creekside on 4 acres. Relax on a starlit evening inside the grotto, located just behind the home.

Agent: Marla Hargus; or

Listing price: $249,900

2 Harpersfield, NY
second act spaces
Franz Edlinger

Nestled alongside a rambling stream, this two-bedroom, one-bath converted mill has a loft-style layout featuring gleaming, tea-stained wood floors, reclaimed barnwood shelves, and original beams throughout.

Agent: Carol Spinelli;

Listing price: $575,000

3 Virginia, MN
second act spaces
Susan Skaudis

Curl up with an overdue book next to the original brick fireplace inside this five-bedroom, three-bath library-turned-home. A stately pair of lions—who date back to the building’s construction in 1930—flanks the front steps.

Agent: Don Schibel;

Listing price: $269,900

4 West Charleston, VT
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Rosemary Lalime

Schoolhouse lights, shiplap siding, and a chalk drawer—not to mention the iconic red paint—give clues to this structure’s origins. Converted and restored by a teacher, the three- bedroom, two-bath home also boasts lake views.

Agent: Rosemary Lalime;

Listing price: $149,800

5 Millstone, NJ
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Vitalie Boicenco

A slate fireplace, Dutch doors, and hand-forged hardware are just a few of the details that survive from this four-bedroom, three-bath home’s days as the Millstone Post Office—a star of the town since 1795.

Agent: Laura Pallay;

Listing price: $449,000

6 New Marlborough, MA
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Tim Lovett

Pull the long rope—the bell still rings. Tall, Gothic-style windows flood light into the great room inside this three-bedroom, three-bath converted church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Agent: Tim Lovett;

Listing price: $450,000

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